After the austerity of the war years, the inauguration of Christian Dior–New York in 1948 returned French glamour to the American market. Following his twice-yearly haute couture presentations in Paris, Christian Dior would immediately travel to New York and draw his American pret-a-porter collection, often featuring strong echoes of the Parisian models. The difference was that the Parisian models were one-of-a-kind designs tailored to the measurements of private clients with all of the work done by hand, thus haute couture—which translates as “high sewing” or “high fashion”; while the New York models were manufactured at production facilities in standard sizes (typically 10-18), thus pret-a-porter—translated as “ready-to-wear.” Though, due to Dior’s personal supervision of the New York designs, the high quality of the American fabrics, and the impeccable sewing and finishing, today it is often difficult to distinguish between the two classes of exclusive dressing from the late-1940s into the 1950s. Of the ensembles pictured here, two are from @dior’s haute-couture collection—are you able to spot them?
Head to bit.ly/diorbkm to plan your visit for Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, on view through February 20, 2022.
Installation views, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Brooklyn Museum, September 10, 2021–February 20, 2022. (Photos: Here And Now Agency)
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Clothes are ultimately supposed to be what you live in, make memories in, drink in, dance in, run through the sand and grass in, toss off to skinny dip, eat in at candlelit dinner parties, what you look at and you actually have favorite pieces that mean something that are your favorite prints to wear over and over again, that your man looks at you and says I love it when you wear that dress or that skirt or that sweater because he’s actually used to seeing it because you DO wear the same things not only twice but over and over again and it’s a part of you as much as your most loved perfume or your hairstyle, Clothes are supposed to be something that you purchase and save with the thought that you may pass it down someday for someone else to love, clothes are supposed to be lived in, to make you feel beautiful and happy in. We have to take back the relationship we have with clothes, and bags and shoes and accessories, they are not supposed to be trophies that only sit on a shelf to take a picture or video in front of, they are NOT supposed to be purchased to impress other people!! they are not supposed to bleed you dry, break your back, stress you out max out your credit cards and make you start to do crazy things to obtain them, they are not supposed to be a marker for success or the starting line of a never ending race to see how much bullshit you can hoard before you ultimately die.
“Buy less, Choose Well, Make it Last” - Vivienne Westwood
And LOVE what you wear and what you have and breathe in it and let it be quality and let it be special and let it be curated and let it be you; your clothes shoes and bags should be there for you, not for you to live around them please Remember that
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